“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, ‘Rejoice.’”
— Philippians 4:4
Yet it seems like human nature is more inclined to complain.
When the Israelites wandered the desert they could rejoice they’d been freed from 400 years of slavery. But, no, they complained and wanted to return to Egypt.
The phone lines fill up for a Bangor, Maine, radio station’s Things That Tee You Off segment and for The Howie Carr Show’s Chump Line.
Would they fill up for Things That Bless You?
Did Jesus even once suggest “Complain” about this or that Roman intrusion, injustice, inequality, or other action?
Did the Apostles Peter or Paul or John — even when in prison or in exile — complain? No. Perhaps they saw their future.
Look at it this way: Just like Jesus’s crucifixion brought darkness on the earth for a time, His resurrection soon followed — joyful, elated, celebrating eternal salvation.
No matter the darkness we’re living through today, joy will follow — unspeakable joy and celebration and wonder.
So, with heaven in mind, we can withstand whatever anti-Christian, anti-semitic, woke evil that certain forces throw at us… even “oh, death, where is thy sting…”
Remember Psalm 118:15-17: “The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous… I will not die, but live and tell of the works of the Lord.”